This community is for the discussion of the GNU Image Manipulation Program, aka the GIMP. The GIMP is a free, open source graphics program designed to do everything that Photoshop can do, but without the hefty price tag. This community is moderated by moony_blues.
All discusion in this community should be limited to the GIMP. Questions, tutorials, and tips and tricks are all welcome.
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You may post images in your posts, but all images larger than 300x200 pixels must be placed under a cut. If you don't know how to do this, please check the LJ FAQ.
Keep it civil. No flaming, bashing, or drama mongering is allowed. The moderator is not afraid of the ban hammer, and she's proud of the fact that she hasn't had to use it here.
some helpful links
I've spent hours and hours combing the web to find tutorials and extras for the GIMP. Here are a few of the ones that I have found most helpful.
Official GIMP Manual - Here you'll find all the information you'll need to get started using the program and its various tools.
PSPI - Run third party Photoshop plugins in the GIMP.
Python Programming Language - Some scripts and plugins for GIMP are written with Python. Unlike GIMP's native scripting language, this language does not come with GIMP. Please note: if you already have GIMP installed on your system, you will need to uninstall it and reinstall after you've added Python.
GIMP Unified Resource Manager (GURM) - If you're like me, you have hundreds of brushes and GIMP takes forever to load. Well, this plugin allows you to organize your brushes, gradients, palettes, patterns, and scripts in different locations and swap them out as needed while still running the GIMP interface and without having to reload the program or tool options. One of the benefits of this program is that, unlike the GIMP Brush Manager, GURM supports .ABR brushes. GURM is a must-have if you work with a lot of brushes and patterns.